Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 20, 2020

Back in October 2018, a nationwide text alert from President Trump was sent out as a test. I wonder if it will ever be utilized. As big and widespread as this COVID-19 pandemic has been, it’s almost a surprise it hasn’t been used.

I think it’s going to be next to impossible to unseat an incumbent politician of the opposition can’t interact with voters. I’m not sure how well any of them can make an emotional connection via digital means.

There’s an effort to tie white ribbons around trees as a sign of support for our healthcare workers. I like the idea of supporting them, but I think the ribbon concept is silly. No one will ever remover them, they’ll eventually wither, become an eyesore, and then blow away and become litter. I always thought it odd when it comes to these things. It seems like something people do to make themselves feel good about themselves as opposed to actually doing something which supports healthcare workers, troops, or whoever’s efforts.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing online marriages, as many weddings are canceled under lockdown restrictions.

Pregnant Georgia woman gives birth during a car wreck then can’t find baby

Man in Search of Rare 1969 Mustang Boss 302 Prototype Discovers He Already Owns It

What a great story.

Efficient tree planting.

A Louisiana pastor who defied coronavirus orders is asking people to give their stimulus money to the church


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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 20, 2020

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    You are too young to remember, Brother Geeding, but the ribbon tied around a tree to show support was a huge thing during the Tehran Embassy hostage situation. Everyone tied a yellow ribbon (per the lyrics of an old Tony Orlando song) to remind folks that we all looked forward to the American hostages returning home soon, safe and sound. And then the militant Iranian revolutionaries milked it for all it was worth for 444 days (1979-1981). Month after month after month. Add to that the failed rescue attempt that imploded in the tragic collision in the desert of U. S. aircraft. Those ribbons, instead of inspiring hope and optimism, slowly became a sign of our national impotence at resolving crises on the world stage, in spite of our supposed power. Some ribbons faded and frayed, some were quietly removed, as the months ticked by. It was a daily reminder that some events were beyond our ability to control and dictate outcomes. Thank goodness the hostage saga finally ended and our folks returned home. It came to a close because Ayatollah Khomeini wanted to embarrass Jimmy Carter one last time by doing the deal with the new U. S. President & the hostages were released after Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. Not a big fan of ribbons around trees, lamp posts, signs, etc ever since those unhappy days.

  2. JayF says:

    I don’t mind the ide of the ribbons but agree with you on the fact that they unfortunately become an eyesore when they are left to wither. Whoever puts them up needs to tend to them, take them down, replace them etc.

  3. Dude says:

    There’s a whole lot of time until November for Biden to “connect” with voters, especially how the indumbment has botched this situation. Whether it was denying it at first, or making everything about him, even now, I think people are seeing the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. His VP can stand up in front of cameras and claim there are plenty of tests when we aren’t being tested (I don’t know of anyone who has been tested, but 4 friends have recovered from SOMETHING but don’t have symptoms so – no test) for only so long before people give up. And this grand reopening is going to blow up in our faces because we can’t test/track.

    The same sentiment that got him elected (Well THIS ain’t working for me) could work against him in 6 months.

    • Geeding says:

      Funny, when I wrote the incumbent thoughts I never thought about it relating to the presidential election, I was thinking like Senate, House, and statewide office elections. Compare MJ Hegar to Beto two years ago. Beto was able to travel county to country and meet and greet a lot of Texans. At this point in his campaign he was well known to many Texans. Compare it to Hegar, and I doubt many Texans can tell you the name of Cornyn’s opponent.

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